6 Hot Cocoa Recipes to “Weather” the Storms

Quick one today folks. I was asked for some of my favorite recipes for hot cocoa, so I am listing the goodies we use at Casa Colleen here for you.  There are all kinds of flavors here plus recipes for “instant” cocoa you can make yourself. Belgian Hot Chocolate (Chocolat… Read more“6 Hot Cocoa Recipes to “Weather” the Storms”

Smoke on the Water—Wood & Liquid Smoked Salts

Start with an all-natural salt and slow smoke it using real Applewood chips. A delicate smolder with a subtle hint of fruit makes this smoked salt very versatile as a rub, marinade, or finishing salt. BUT what if you do not have a smoker? That is what my friend Anna… Read more“Smoke on the Water—Wood & Liquid Smoked Salts”

Italian Dressing Dry Mix (Like Good Seasons)

Use Dried Herbs & Spices to Make Your Own Inexpensively without Preservatives GOOD SEASONS Italian Dressing Mix™ has been around a long time. The salad dressing and recipe mix is a dry seasoning mix that allows you to make your own salad dressing or marinade using a few kitchen staples (vinegar,… Read more“Italian Dressing Dry Mix (Like Good Seasons)”

6 Onion or Mushroom Soup & Dip DRY Mixes

These recipes are a must if you flavor with the dry soup brand mixes. Chemical-free, gluten-free, and with vegan options,  these mixes are also frugal and will save you money. I have played with these recipes and I think they taste better than the boxed brands! Original Onion Soup &… Read more“6 Onion or Mushroom Soup & Dip DRY Mixes”

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend-2 Ways

Makes 1/4 cup, enough to fill an average spice bottle There are two recipes here, a standard and a gourmet version. I use the gourmet version, but it requires keeping allspice and mace on hand. It is your choice, both are very tasty, economical, and preservative-free! Standard Pumpkin Pie Spice… Read more“Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend-2 Ways”

Bacchus Salt! Wine Salt (Red & White Options)

Last week, there was a discussion about a video that showed how to make red wine salt. Unfortunately, there were a few discrepancies and it was confusing to follow the recipe. I had made it before, but could not recall the exact details and measurements. So I went into my kitchen… Read more“Bacchus Salt! Wine Salt (Red & White Options)”

Better-than-Manwich® Sloppy Joe Pantry Packs

Three variations; 1) common kitchen ingredients, 2) dehydrated sauce ingredients, & 3) “Just-Add-Water” Pantry Packs! Those cans of Manwich Sauce, mocking me every time I opened my cupboard door, were one of my last hold-outs to a preservative-free kitchen. I knew the sodium and the sugars were sky-high and the preservatives were there, but I… Read more“Better-than-Manwich® Sloppy Joe Pantry Packs”

Hack for Dehydrating Greens & Herbs

Fit more Greens on your Trays Greens and leafy herbs are very easy to dehydrate. A good wash, separating out the stems from the leafy parts, and a quick chiffonade is really all that is needed to prepare them for dehydration. Blanching greens is not done for the most part because it… Read more“Hack for Dehydrating Greens & Herbs”